yo-kai watch 2: psychic specters

Details Revealed for Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is launching this fall for Nintendo 3DS. It’s the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, after last year’s Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Similiar to the upcoming launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters includes an extended version of the game with new quests, new Yo-Kai, new locations, and an improved co-op mode. An exact release date has not yet been announced.

Nintendo has revealed some details about what’s included in this new version:

  • 15 Wicket Yo-Kai; now you can befriend the boss monsters from Yo-Kai Watch 2, bringing the total number of playable Yo-Kai to over 300.
  • 12 new quests, including exploring the origins of Darknyan, bringing the total quest count to over 100.
  • New locations, including the new Gera Gera Resort.
  • Expanded version of Yo-Kai Watch Blasters co-op mode, with new bosses.

If you still have save data from Bony Spirits and/or Fleshy Souls, you can also gain access to new dungeons. These dungeons hold special bosses and exclusive Yo-Kai to befriend. Unfortunately Yo-Kai Watch 2’s co-op mode is still local play only.

yo-kai watch 2: psychic spectersYo-Kai Watch 2 features the same gameplay and many of the same locations as the first game, released in North America in 2015. The basic concept is a Pokémon-like collect-a-thon, but with a unique 3-party battle system and a modern setting.

All three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 have been available in Japan since 2014, with Yo-Kai Watch 3 releasing in Japan last year.

Given my lackluster experience with the sequel, I’m not sure Psychic Specters is worth a return trip to Springdale. But often these extended/remixed versions become the definitive version. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters could be a solid way to play through if you missed Yo-Kai Watch 2 the first time.

 

ever oasis

Ever Oasis Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

Ever Oasis was a surprise announcement at E3 2016, an entirely new IP on the Nintendo 3DS. Though it presents a unique new desert world, Ever Oasis borrows all of its gameplay elements from other successful Nintendo franchises, such as Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Metroid.

The result is a satisfying though at times tedious adventure that brings a fun mix of party-based combat with maintaining a thriving refuge in a dangerous world.
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Super Nintendo Classic Edition Announced, Arriving September

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As was previously rumored, Nintendo has officially announced the Super Nintendo Classic Edition. It’s launching on September 29 with an MSRP of $79.99. It is not yet available for pre-order.

Like last year’s NES Classic Edition, the SNES Classic is a retro remake of the 16-bit console. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It comes with an HDMI cable, USB charging cable and AC adapters, and two wired controllers.

The digital retro library is the most important part of the package. The SNES Classic Edition will come with 21 games, including the never-before-released 16-bit sequel Star Fox 2. You’ll actually have to unlock Star Fox 2 as a bonus game by finishing the first level of the original Star Fox.

Without the sad exclusion of Chrono Trigger this library could be considered a Greatest Hits album from what is widely considered to be the greatest console of all time. Likewise many of the included titles, such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III (VI), and Super Metroid are considered some of the greatest games of all time.

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I had previously written a wish list of 30 SNES titles I’d love to see included in the then-rumored retro console. Of my list, 16 games are among the 21 in the final box.

It’s notable that the SNES Classic Edition includes less games than the NES Classic Edition at 21 and 30 respectively. The since discontinued NES Classic was also $10 cheaper, but only included the one controller.

Last year’s NES Classic Edition was plagued with product shortages throughout its short production cycle, leading to low stock and horrible price gouging from second hand sellers. It was officially discontinued earlier this year. We can only hope the SNES Classic doesn’t suffer from a similar fate.